Saturday, July 31, 2021

Uber, SailPoint, Square Hire New CISOs

Uber Technologies Inc. has hired renowned cybersecurity expert Latha Maripuri as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). 

While the ride-sharing company has not issued an official statement about the new hire, Maripuri posted the news about her new role on her LinkedIn profile. 

Maripuri has worked as the Group CISO and Deputy CTO at News Corp. since 2015. Before joining News Corp, Maripuri served as a Global Executive in IBM’s Security division, where she was tasked with creating a board portfolio of cybersecurity solutions. 

Uber has been operating without an official security head since John ‘Four’ Flynn left the company to join Amazon as a CISO in July 2020. The company has lately witnessed a number of cybersecurity problems. Uber fired its former CISO Joe Sullivan after a data breach at the company. 

While Uber’s primary business is its ride-hailing service, it has also expanded into the food and packages delivery and freight transportation sectors. It has also partnered with Lime to offer motorized scooter and electric bicycle rentals. 

New CISO Hire at Square

In a separate event, payment processing company Square announced that it has hired veteran security specialist Jim Higgins as its CISO. 

Higgins, a former Google security expert for 10 years, will now look after Square’soverall cybersecurity program. He has managed product, engineering, and infrastructure security at Google. 

Higgins will mainly oversee the security of financial processing across smart devices and hardware terminals at Square, owned by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 

The San Francisco-based company produces software and hardware solutions for third-party payment management. Recently, it expanded into small business services. 

SailPoint Hires Heather Gantt-Evans as its CISO

SailPoint has handed its security keys to cybersecurity leader Heather Gantt-Evans. The identity management and governance company said the former Home Depot security chief will craft SailPoint’s cybersecurity plan.

The company said it expects Gantt-Evans to develop a next-gen security strategy that closes risk and exposure loopholes throughout the company and boosts cooperation between teams.

Gantt-Evans worked as senior director for security operations and resilience at Home Depot. She has extensive experience leading network security and security engineering operations, besides vulnerability management and application security at her former company.

Before joining Home Depot, Gantt-Evans worked in a leading cybersecurity role at Ernst & Young. She also worked in a strategic position at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting Air Force Cyber Command.

Auth0 Hires New CISO

Auth0 announced that it has hired Jameeka Green Aaron as its CISO. She will look after the company’s overall security and compliance functions, in addition to leading product security. 

The former US Navy veteran has extensive experience leading security teams at Nike, Hurley, and Lockheed Martin for 20 years.

Headquartered in the Greater Seattle Area, Auth0 develops identity platforms and secure access solutions for developers and application builders. Its core products include authentication and authorization solutions for web, mobile, IoT, and internal applications.

Auth0 CEO and co-founder Eugenio Pace said Aaron is a remarkable addition to the company’s top management. Pace recognized the new CISO’s leadership skills and experience within and outside the cybersecurity industry in his statement. 

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